Title

Review Of "Nietzsche And 'The Birth of Tragedy'" By P. R. Daniels

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

12-1-2014

Published In

Review Of Metaphysics

Abstract

Daniels usefully traces this way of understanding Nietzsche's free adaptation of Schopenhauerian motifs to the influence on him of Jacob Burckhardt's distinctive practice of cultural history, in which primary sources are not mined in order to explain events in political history, but instead are studied in order to find the vital intuitions and spiritual mood of an age. Nietzsche's claims about the unique power of art to promote the affirmation of life are perhaps taken too much for granted, given that many people find life worth living more in virtue of relatively quotidian family relationships, friendships, and accomplishments than in virtue of the experience of art.

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